Rising Indie-Rock Outfit THE UTOPIATES Are Looking To Take 2023 By Storm

Published on 7 February 2023 at 23:11

Words: Max Bradfield


The Utopiates come bursting into the new year off the back of great progress in 2022 with some exciting new developments. 


First, the five-piece just released their latest single ‘Making History’ on the 3rd of February and as the excitement settles from the band’s ensuing single release party, there’s news the boys have their debut album ‘The Sun Also Rises’, locked and loaded in the chamber ready to hit your ears on the 5th of May. 


2022 was the year The Utopiates signed to V2 and were dubbed the band to watch by cult indie promoter This Feeling. A sold-out summer tour followed, and they finished the year completing work on their debut album. 


New single ‘Making History’ encapsulates a certain swagger. Whether that be from the subtle shakers, popping bass or 60s-esque keys and bongo combo, it’s music that makes you feel cool. A slick, reverb-graced lead vocal from Dan Popplewell seals the deal – especially with an energetic chorus that’ll get you up and moving. A great solo at the end really exudes skill and flair and sums up the vigour of the track perfectly before letting the listener get their breath back.


Read the band’s thoughts: 

"Making History epitomises the confidence running through the band right now. From the get-go this project has been the self-fulfilling prophecy consuming our lives and ‘The Sun Also Rises’ will prove what we’ve always known. Making History was written from Dan’s bedroom at the dawning of The Utopiates and has basically become his mantra! ‘One day you’ll see, yeah they’ll look at me, I’m not up here making tunes I’m making history!’ Says it all. It’s a big F-you to the quiet life and a rallying cry to the masses; get behind us, cos it’s happening!


Alongside their album reveal and this single, The Utopiates present a string of shows. Catch them while you can. 


2023 tour dates are below. Tickets are on sale here.

-30th March - Record Junkee, Sheffield

-31st March - Independent, Sunderland

-1st April - O’Rileys, Hull

-2nd April - Hotbox, Chelmsford

-29th April - Rough Trade, Nottingham

-30th April – Stag And Dagger Festival, Glasgow

-4th May - Green Door Store, Brighton

-5th May - The Crown, Bristol

-6th May - Deaf Institute, Manchester

-11th May - Dead Wax, Birmingham

-12th May - Brudenell, Leeds

-2nd June - The 100 Club, London